Acupuncture uses small gauge needles along specific points on dogs and cats. It can help stimulate nerve function and decrease pain. Electroacupuncture is often used to help stimulate the release of the body’s own painkillers and to help extend the effect of treatment. Most dogs and cats tolerate acupuncture very well. Visits are usually closer together initially (often weekly), then less frequent for a maintenance stage.
Acupuncture is a component of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM). The patient is looked at as a whole and with all systems working in balance and harmony. If a disturbance (disease) occurs, techniques such as acupuncture and herbal therapy can be used to restore this balance of ying and yang.